Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year 2016 Predictions

The CBI Book of the Year Awards Shortlist will be announced later today. Every year I predict what will be on this shortlist. It's a very strong year for teen books. My favourite Irish book of the year was One by Sarah Crossan which I strongly tip as the overall winner. There are usually 10 books on the shortlist. The winners of the various categories are announced in May.

Here are my predictions - let's see how many I get right this year!

Overall Book of the Year Award 2016 (for books published in 2015)

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One by Sarah Crossan 

Eilis Dillon Award (1st Book)

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Judge's Special Award

Once Upon a Place edited by Eoin Colfer

Children's Choice Award

As the children will be voting on this in the shadowing scheme, I won't predict this one.

Honour Award for Illustration

Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers or The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (depending on the judges' tastes - both are outstanding)

Shortlisted Titles

I'm a Girl by Yasmeen Ismail

The Seal's Fate by Eoin Colfer

Name Upon Name by Sheena Wilkinson

The Wordsmith by Patricia Forde

Asking for It by Louise O'Neill

Hubert by Caitríona Hastings

And that's our 10 (ok 11 to be strictly accurate)!

If non fiction is included: Irelandopedia

May also be shortlisted:

Behind the Walls by Nicola Pierce

The Butterfly Shell by Maureen White

Resonance by Celine Kiernan

Still Falling by Sheena Wilkinson

The Snow Beast by Chris Judge

Hubert by Caitríona Hastings

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne

A fantastic year for fiction, and teen fiction in particular. Congrats to everyone who had a book published in 2015 - no mean feat in itself. And keep writing!

Yours in books,

Sarah XXX